InFARMation (and Beer!)
Since January 2009, Friends of Family Farmers has hosted InFARMation (and Beer!) each month in Portland. This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers, and the community in general. The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in our state. When eaters connect with farmers, it makes our food web stronger and real changes in our local food system are possible.
InFARMation (and Beer!) is always free and open to the public, AND IT IS ALL AGES!
5:30-6:30 – Arrive, networking, enjoyment of food and beverages
6:30-8:00 – Speakers(s), Q & A
8:00-8:30 – Additional discussion, networking & enjoyment of food and beverages
The current venue for Portland InFARMation (and Beer!) is Holocene, located at the corner of SE Morrison and SE 10th. There is not a big sign announcing their presence, so make note of their address (1001 SE Morrison) so that you know you are in the right place your first time attending. They have a fantastic sound and video system, a full bar, and even serve food.
Portland InFARMation(and Beer!) Schedule 2013
December 10th: ‘Tis the season for giving: Give!Guide giving party: Join us for a fun and inspirational evening as we showcase several Portland based non-profits making a difference in the community through food and agriculture. These groups, along with FoFF are part of the 2013 Willamette Week Give!Guide. More info>>
Previous 2013 InFARMations
November 12th:Training the Next Generation of Oregon Farmers and Ranchers: Despite the resurgence of interest in agriculture, the availability of land, resources and educational opportunities for new and young farmers/ranchers remains limited. However, like FoFF, there are people working hard to address these needs with creative solutions. Join us as we highlight some fantastic work being done to provide training opportunities and tools for Oregon’s next generation of family farmers. More Info>>>
October 8th: GMO’s: Efforts to implement safeguards at the local, state and federal levels. We will feature a panel of folks working to reclaim control of our food system. Plus FoFF will take a few minutes to share information on the Food Safety Modernization Act and let you know how you can engage in this sweeping federal reform of food safety laws.
September 10th: Pro Pasture: Come learn about FoFF’s new Pro-Pasture campaign and hear from a panel of producers and experts about the animal, human and environmental benefits to sustainable pasture-based meat and dairy production systems.
August 13th: Farm Workers in Oregon: The contributions and struggles of farm workers are often invisible to the general public. For the August InFARMation, we will raise awareness about farm workers in Oregon and the on the ground organizing being done to create effective and lasting improvements.
June 11th: From Field & Orchard to the Bottle: Oregon is known for its abundant produce and craft libations among many other fine things. Join us as we explore the world of fermented fruit, nuts, and grains turned into adult beverages as well as taste Kookoolan Kombucha. Sponsored by The Farm Cafe!
July 9th: Bees: We explored the world of honeybees & lesser known native species, talked about some of the biggest issues facing our pollinator friends today, including agriculture itself.
April 9th: Canola in the Willamette Valley: Do you love broccoli? How about kale? Up until very recently canola production was banned from the Willamette Valley. Hear about the canola issue from a variety of farmers and experts on why commodity canola production in the Willamette Valley not only impacts their livelihoods but our food supply from local to global.
March 12th: CSA & SNAP: We will take a look at SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and the work that is being done help CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers navigate the process to be able to accept SNAP dollars and help make good food accessible to Oregonians of all incomes.
Feb 12th: Policy 101: Join us to learn which small farmer and rancher legislative priorities FoFF will advocate for during the upcoming legislative session, get an understanding of how a bill becomes a law and find out how you can engage in the process. Panelist information forthcoming.
January 8th: An Evening with Anthony Boutard: A January Tradition.
Want to start an InFARMation Series in your neck o’ the woods? Email Leah for more information.
For inspiration on what “City People” can do to help with keeping the family farmer viable, let me remind you of the great quote from Wendell Berry from his “The Pleasures of Eating” essay: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Read the whole essay here>>